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Meaningful adventures for the Young at Heart

If you feel you are too old to volunteer, think again! You may feel unsure about volunteering - that is natural. We specialize in upmarket volunteer vacations where you "dip your toes in the waters" by spending 4-5 days volunteering, as part of a longer luxury trip where you choose the length and we tailor-make your itinerary. You can choose your level of accommodation, and we consult with you to provide a trip that meets your exact requirements and time frame.

As a 'Grown Up', you have no doubt developed some wonderful skills over the years, and now, through travelling in a fulfilling way, you can leave a legacy and put your skills to good use and help disadvantaged communities.You have a lot to offer, and we make it easy for you to share your knowledge and skills, in a context where you have peace of mind about safety and you don't have to organize anything - leave that to us!

Not only can you be enriched through volunteering, and dig deeper in another culture, but you can also get to see the scenic highlights of your chosen destination, together with an insightful local guide providing their unique perspective for you. You can be rest assured that you will get what you paid for, and receive excellent, attentive service in wonderful, luxurious accommodation.

A recent study has even revealed significant health benefits of volunteering.

Here is what a recent 'Young at Heart' client wrote:

"I had some trepidation about volunteering abroad, as I was really not sure if it was for me, but the service I got from Hands Up Holidays helped put my mind at ease, and the lovely properties they arranged for me were perfect as a refuge at the end of an intense day.
The idea of a '
taste of volunteering' suited me perfectly as a way to find out if volunteering was for me.
The holiday was superb and I received a fascinating insight into the country, people and culture.
Senior volunteer laughing with locals
Both the guides and drivers looked after me very well. The hotel accommodation was excellent. My volunteer work was very enjoyable and I believe it helped, although I felt that I learned more from the students at the school than they did from me.

I would certainly recommend this trip to others and hopefully will be able to consider similar holidays in the future."

Angela Pakes, aged 60 - travelled to Cambodia from USA


Volunteer project in an orphanage"My name is Susan Rendle, aged 59, I have recently enjoyed a volunteering holiday with" Hands Up Holidays" in Kenya.

It was the experience of a lifetime in every respect. I spent 7 days as a volunteer in Shepherds orphanage helping with the daily tasks of caring for approx 40 children, aged between 18mths and 16 yrs, who live in abject poverty. Nothing could have prepared me for the primitive living conditions and hardship these children face every day, despite these privations they remain remarkably stoical and cheerful.
The 7 days I spent with the children and my host family were the happiest of my life, filled with fun and laughter; their hospitality and generosity were overwhelming, they took such good care of me! I lived a lifetime during those 2 weeks and had many new experiences and adventures; I shall be returning soon, to Kenya, to continue supporting the work at the orphanage. I have Christopher to thank for the excellent itinerary he prepared which included a luxury safari in the Masai Mara, I can highly recommend it."
Susan Rendle travelled to Kenya on a tailor-made trip from England

Our most popular voluntourism trips for 'Grown Ups' (which we will customize for you) are:
1. India 14 days Ultimate India - in Style
2. Costa Rica 14 days Conserving Costa Rica 
3. South Africa 9 days Southern Hospitality - in Style
4. Kenya 15 days Kenyan Encounter - in Style
5. New Zealand 18 days Natural New Zealand - in Style
6. Rwanda 15 days Lakes and Gorillas 
7. Zambia 14 days Zambia Luxury Voluntourism 
8. Bali 12 days Bali Bound 
9. Vietnam 15 days Vietnamese Venture 10. Cambodia 15 days Cambodian Explorer

If you are interested in a tailor-made trip for your exact requirements, please click here to email us. If you prefer to phone us, please call: Repairs and Renovations in Fiji

From From the UK please call : 0207 193 1062
From From USA please call/From Canada please call : 201 984 5372
From From New Zealand please call : (09) 445 0532 
From elsewhere: +44 207 193 1062

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